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What is biochemical relapse?

A biochemical relapse means that a particular chemical being monitored for cancer progress has begun to rise again; for example, a rise in the blood level of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in prostate cancer patients following surgical or raditation treatment often means that the cancer has returned. In prostate cancer patients, approximately 35 percent will have such a relapse within ten years of treatment for the disease.

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